Litigating Definitions of the "Relevant Scientific Community" Where There is No Science

Location: Lake Sheen
Date: Sat, May 2
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

How courts define the "relevant scientific community" is essentially outcome determinative in deciding whether scientific evidence is admissible - or, in post-conviction litigation, whether forensic evidence that was admitted against the defendant at trial would still be admissible. With the publication of the National Academy of Sciences 2009 report on forensic science, the establishment of the National Commission on Forensic Science, the organization of "Scientific Area Committees" by the Department of Justice and other developments, there are new opportunities for litigators to advance compelling arguments for broad, intellectually honest definitions of the scientific community, particularly in trace evidence disciplines.

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